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The only facility of its kind in northern Germany

A HIP facility will give the EcoMaT a unique advantage in the region and beyond, as it is the first of its kind in northern Germany.

Further to this, the research capabilities of the IWT will be given a significant boost. The new facility means that the IWT covers the entire process chain of additive manufacturing – from the development of steel and aluminium alloys to the design and production of components, as well as follow-up work using the HIP process. The new HIP facility aims to ensure that the technical potential of the materials produced by this procedure can be commercially exploited in cooperation with the EcoMaT’s partners.

Building up the pioneering role

The regional aerospace industry, local manufacturing and service companies and Bremen’s research and higher education establishments will all benefit from the facility as it helps to build up their pioneering role in metallic additive manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is a key enabling technology for the activities known as Industrie 4.0 to digitise industrial production. Additive manufacturing plays a decisive role in the development of entirely new construction processes which use fewer resources in the making of prototypes and products.